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Notes from the 12th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl

2017 GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL

MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD (C-USA) VS. COLORADO STATE RAMS (MW)

Associated Press Recap

Photos by Tim March for XL Sports Photography


POSTGAME NOTES

GAME

2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl – Marshall 31, Colorado State 28

Saturday’s Gildan New Mexico Bowl attendance was 26,087.

The scoreless first quarter was just the second in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history. The only other game with a 0-0 first quarter was the inaugural game in 2006 between San Jose State and New Mexico.

Tyre Brady’s 76-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter tied the third-longest in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, and Chase Litton tied for third-longest pass on the same play.

Tyre Brady’s 165 receiving yards and 27.5 yards per catch are third-most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history.

Marshall running back Tyler King’s 90-yard touchdown run was a new long in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, breaking a previous record 77-yard run set by Colorado State’s Gartrell Johnson in 2008.

Colorado State and Marshall combined for 35 points in the second quarter to tie the most in one quarter at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, and Marshall’s 21 points were the most by a single team in one quarter.

Saturday marked the first time in the last six years that the team that scored first won the game.

Marshall becomes the eighth team in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history to win the game after leading at the half.

The 3:46 length of game was the second longest behind the record 4:06 set by Washington State and Colorado State in 2013.

Marshall Thundering Herd (8-5)

Marshall Quotes

Marshall’s win marks the first Gildan New Mexico Bowl victory for Conference USA after losing in 2010, 2014 and 2016.

Marshall’s 12 tackles for loss broke the previous record of nine held by BYU (2010) and Fresno State (2009), and the 40 yards recorded are third most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history.

Channing Hames recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, tying the second most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history.

Marshall’s 11 penalties and 107 penalty yards are the most in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, breaking previous records of 10 penalties and 103 penalty yards by Washington State and New Mexico respectively.

Chris Jackson’s two breakups are tied for the most by one player.

Marshall recorded five sacks to tie the Gildan New Mexico Bowl record set by Colorado State in 2013, and the total loss of 31 yards is the third most.

Marshall’s 7.2 average yards per rush are second most behind CSU’s 9.3 average yards per rush in 2008.

Marshall now holds the Gildan New Mexico Bowl record for touchbacks with six, breaking the previous record of five set by Arizona in 2012.

 

Colorado State Rams (7-6)

Colorado State Post Game Quotes

CSU is now 2-1 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, suffering its first loss after winning the game in 2008 and 2013.

CSU won the coin toss and deferred.

Ryan Stonehouse’s eight punts tied for second most punts in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, and his 334 yards are the third most.

CSU recorded four punts inside the 20-yard line, breaking the previous record of two on seven occurrences.

CSU’s six fair catches forced breaks the Gildan New Mexico Bowl record of four set by New Mexico in 2015.

Nick Stevens’ 52 passing attempts are second all-time behind Washington State’s Connor Halliday in 2013.

CSU had five first-down penalties, ahead of the previous record three set by Temple in 2011.

CSU tied for third all-time with nine completed third-down conversions.

 

INDIVIDUAL

The Offensive MVP was Marshall wide receiver Tyre Brady. Brady led the Thundering Herd with 165 receiving yards and one touchdown.

The Defensive MVP was Marshall defensive tackle Channing Hames. Hames led the Thundering Herd with 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

Day Three in Albuquerque

Today was the final day of prep before the 12th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl kicks off tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. The day started with a pre-game press conference followed by lunch at Isleta Resort and Casino. The crowd was entertained by keynote speaker Ron Jaworski. Check out some of the action below.

This evening fans gathered at Old Town for the annual pep rally with the bands, cheerleaders and mascots.

Join us tomorrow for Fan Fest at 11 a.m. in the lot North of Dreamstyle Stadium.

Marshall Wins Survey Says

The Marshall Thundering Herd make an historic comeback, claiming the Survey Says crown at tonight’s team dinner at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The Herd trailed 200-83 in the third and final round before stealing all of Colorado State’s point for the win.

The game started out with the offenses battling in round one. Colorado State swept all three questions to take the round 562-0. Round two saw the defenses square off and Marshall got its revenge, sweeping the Rams, 469-0.

Round three saw the coaches face off in a winner take all game. In Gildan New Mexico Bowl history, the winner of Survey Says is 5-3 in the bowl game since we began the competition in 2009.  The teams split the first two questions and the Rams held a 200-83 lead going into the final question. Gus asked, “Name something you would hate to be on when it broke.” Marshall buzzed in first and said “Bicycle” but it was not on the board. Colorado State responded with the top answer, roller coaster. After choosing to play the, they couldn’t find another correct answer, setting up The Herd for the steal. Marshall shouted out “elevator” which was the No. 3 answer and stole the points and the win, 203-200.

 

Earlier in the day, both teams visited a local elementary school and the UNM Children’s Hospital. Players and coaches interacted with the children, signed autographs, took pictures and gave gifts to the children.

 

 

Welcome to the Land of Enchantment – Day 1 at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl

The Marshall Thundering Herd and the Colorado State Rams arrived in Albuquerque this morning. Both teams were greeted at Cutter Aviation by Gildan New Mexico Bowl staff, partners, board members, media and a mariachi band. Both teams got in their first practice at the University of New Mexico before heading to Main Event for food and fun. The evening ended with a trip through the PAC Sports gift suite for Marshall as Colorado State already made its gift selections before leaving Fort Collins.

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Colorado State, Marshall Accept Invitations to 12th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl

 The Thundering Herd make first postseason appearance in Albuquerque, Rams return for third stint


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The field is set for the 12
th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl with the Colorado State Rams and the Marshall Thundering Herd accepting invitations offered today. The game is slated for Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. MT/4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN Radio. The matchup pits the Mountain West member against the Conference USA member on the first day of the FBS bowl season.

“I truly believe we have another really good matchup which should result in another fun, entertaining game,” said Jeff Siembieda, Gildan New Mexico Bowl executive director. “To be able to put together two programs with such a strong post-season history is exciting and I’m looking forward to hosting The Thundering Herd and Rams in Albuquerque.”

Colorado State (7-5, 5-3 MW), is bowl-eligible for the fifth straight season after winning its first four league games earlier this season. It is the Rams third appearance in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, having won in both 2008 and 2013. CSU is led by four All-Mountain West First Team honorees including quarterback Nick Stevens, who ranks 11th in the country in passing yards, and wide receiver Michael Gallup, who is fourth in the nation in reception yards. Mike Bobo is at the helm of the Rams and has led them to a bowl game in each of his three seasons. 

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome CSU and their fans back to the Gildan New Mexico Bowl,” Siembieda said. “The Rams have provided some unforgettable moments in our game in the past, their fans have been terrific and New Mexicans have loved having them here.”

Marshall (7-5, 4-4 C-USA), is bowl-eligible after a red-hot 6-1 start to the season. The Thundering Herd have the top rushing defense in Conference USA and second best scoring defense, allowing just 19.2 points per game. The Herd, who boast a five-game bowl win streak, is making their first appearance in the Albuquerque-based Bowl game. They are guided by Doc Holliday, who is a perfect 4-0 in bowl games as a head coach for The Herd. Marshall is 10-2 overall in bowl games and have won 10 of their last 11 dating back to 1998.

 “We have watched the Marshall football program with admiration from afar for years,” Siembieda said. “We are happy to welcome the Thundering Herd and their fans to New Mexico and we look forward to a great bowl week.  They are an exciting team with a fantastic fan base and we are thrilled to have Marshall in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.”

 These two programs have never met before. Marshall has also never played in Albuquerque. The Rams won in Dreamstyle Stadium earlier this year, 27-24 on Oct. 20 against the Lobos. CSU is 22-14 overall in Albuquerque, including 2-0 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Tickets, which are on sale now, range from $25-40 and can be purchased at the University of New Mexico ticket office, located in The Pit, online at www.unmtickets.com, or by calling 505-925-LOBO.

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ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Florida); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); DXL Frisco Bowl
(Frisco, Texas); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Baton Rouge, La.); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); The Home Depot College Football Awards Presented by Gildan (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

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AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Ramstein Air Base, Germany); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s  Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona (Hartford, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); PK80 presented by State Farm (Portland, Ore.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off; State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

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Gildan New Mexico Bowl Contact: RaeAnn McKernan at 505-925-5999 or raeann.mckernan@espn.com

ESPN Media Contact: Anna Negron at 860-766-2233 or anna.m.negron@espn.com; @Anna_ESPN

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ESPN Events is a branch of ESPN charged with creating and organizing sporting events to be broadcast across ESPN networks. Over the years, ESPN Events has created and organized many high-quality bowl games and has become an industry leader in providing fans with great events and elite matchups in many of college football’s marquee bowl games.

As part of the renewed partnership, PRIMESPORT will continue to offer premium ticket packages for all of ESPN Events’ college football games that include college football tickets, plus VIP Experiences like pregame field passes or exclusive pregame party access. Choice Fan Travel Packages will also be available to include hotel accommodations, game tickets, official souvenirs and more. PRIMESPORT will further offer college football fans an officially designated and approved Ticket Exchange marketplace to buy and sell tickets in a convenient, secure and protected environment.

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About ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages. ESPN Media Contact: Anna Negron at 860-766-2233 or anna.m.negron@espn.com.